Day-to-day Itinerary - 13 Days
Day 01 Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai, the largest and most cosmopolitan city, as modern as any in the world. You are greeted on arrival and escorted to downtown hotel for 2 nights well located in a prime setting near many popular shops and restaurants. Balance of the day at your leisure.
Day 02 Shanghai (B L D)
Full-day tour presents Shanghai's unique nature, from the river front Bund where foreign traders left a legacy of European- style buildings, to the Yuyuan Gardens with its quintessential. Sightseeing also includes Jade Buddha Temple, the Pudong New Development zone and Shanghai TV Tower (Pearl of the Orient). You may choose to take the elevator to the top for a bird-eye view of the city and its beautiful skyline. (Extra admission required for this). Tonight, enjoy a world famous Shanghai Acrobatic Show following dinner.
Day 03 Shanghai / Suzhou (B, L, D)
Depart Shanghai for Suzhou by express train (one hour). Upon arrival, meet / transfer by local tour guide for full-day sightseeing: Garden of Master Nets, Grand Canal (with a ride), Silk Factory and Tiger Hill. Tonight enjoy a traditional music and dance show at Garden of Master Nets. Stay overnight at downtown hotel in Suzhou.
Day 04 Suzhou / Zhouzhuang / Hangzhou (B, L, D)
Set out for full-day tour to Zhouzhuang, a famous water town along the Grand Canal. Set along the Grand Canal, Zhouzhuang is a living museum of old mansions, canals and stone bridges. Late afternoon, take the express train to Hangzhou (2.5 hours), the land of tea and silk. Upon arrival, local guide to meet / transfer you to 4-star hotel near the West Lake for 2 nights with daily breakfast.
Day 05 Hangzhou (B L D)
Enjoy a full-day tour of this beautiful city in Southern China including the West Lake and other picturesque sights that Marco Polo lauded 500 years ago when he described Hangzhou as "paradise on earth". A short ride on the lake, Six Harmony Tower, Chinese Green Plantation and traditional Chinese Medicine Museum are on the agenda today.
Day 06 Hangzhou / Guilin (B L)
After breakfast, check out and transfer to airport for your flight Hangzhou - Guilin. Upon arrival, local CITS meet / transfer to downtown hotel in Guilin for 2 nights with daily breakfast.
Afternoon tour: Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill and other sights.
Day 07 Guilin / Li River / Guilin (B, L)
Few could fail to be enraptured by the beauty of the Li River, with its delicate karst formations, beautiful rural scenery, and lush green hillsides with bizarre rock formations and caves. Centuries of poets and artists have immortalized the very scenes you'll savor on a full-day air-conditioned cruise along this unique and tranquil waterway. At end of the cruise, take a short tour in Yangshuo before your guide drives you back to Guilin and back to your hotel.
Day 08 Guilin / Xian (B, L)
Transfer to airport and depart Guilin by flight for Xi'an, a vital center of history, culture and archaeology. Upon arrival, meet / transfer by your local guide to well-located hotel for 2 nights with daily breakfast.
Afternoon tour in Xian: Bell Tower / City Wall and Muslim quarters and Great Mosque.
Day 09 XIAN (B, L, D)
It is impossible to overstate Xi'an's importance in China's history. Here began the fabled Silk Road, here a string of dynasties made their capital, here a Neolithic culture built a village 6000 years ago, and here lies a highlight of your trip: the excavation site of 8000 terra cotta soldiers, buried around the tomb of Emperor Qin, builder of the Great Wall and other massive endeavors.Sightseeing also includes the Wild Goose Pagoda, the landmark of Xian, plus the Shaanxi Provincial Museum.
Tonight, enjoy a special Tang Dynasty dinner show featuring the long history of Xian.
Day 10 Xi'an / Beijing (B, L)
Transfer to Xian Airport for your flight to Beijing, the capital and cultural center of China, where virtually every boulevard and building exudes an air of importance. Upon arrival in Beijing, meet / transfer by your local guide to the downtown hotel for 3 nights with daily breakfast. Balance of the day at your leisure.
Day 11 Beijing (B L)
Enjoy a full-day tour of the sights that make Beijing a spectacular destination: the sprawling Forbidden City, home to 24 Ming and Qing emperors and now a repository of precious art and antiques; the Temple of Heaven, famous for its elegance and symmetry; and the Summer Palace, an oasis of tea gardens, pavilions, painted corridors, and shimmering Kunming Lake with Empress Dowager's eccentric marble ship.
Day 12 Beijing (B L D)
One of the world's most awe-inspiring sights, the Great Wall snakes along nearly 4000 miles of impossibly steep hills and harsh, rugged plains. Today's excursion will give you ample time to explore it in leisure and marvel at the manpower that went into building the world's longest structure entirely by hand. Continue to the Ming Tombs, the graveyard of 13 emperors, before returning to Beijing for an imperial-style Peking Duck dinner. Time permitting, you will also tour the 2008 Beijing Olympics venues (Bird Nest and Water Cube).
Day 13 Beijing (B)
Check out and transfer to Beijing Airport. Depart Beijing for home and bid China a fond farewell. End of your China experience.
Meals Symbol: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Tour Features Includes:
Hotel accommodation in the tour
Daily three meals in the tour
Tour admission and Transfer services<
Local tour conductor in each city
All service charges and hotel taxes
Tour Cost Does Not Include:
Round-trip transpacific air ticket
Meals not specified in the itinerary
Passport and visa fee
Gratitude to guides